About the Author – Walter Wendler

Walter V. Wendler is President of West Texas A&M University and former Chancellor of Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  He is also a distinguished alumni of the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University.

He was appointed to the position of President at WT in September 2016.  He began his tenure as Chancellor of Southern Illinois University Carbondale on July 1, 2001 and completed his contract in  2007, and returned to teaching Architecture. Since 2008 he served as Director of the School of Architecture.  He retired from SIU at the end of 2015.

Immediately prior to his appointment as Chancellor he served as Vice Chancellor for Planning of The Texas A&M University System for 2 years. He was the inaugural holder of the William M Peña Professorship of Information Management in the College of Architecture.

Professor Wendler was the Executive Assistant to the President of Texas A&M University beginning in September, 1997. He served as Dean of the College of Architecture, initially appointed in March 1992, and re-appointed in September 1996. Professor Wendler was the head of the Department of Architecture from 1989 to 1992, and Executive Associate Dean in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University from 1988 to 1989. Before coming to Texas A&M University, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Architecture at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. During his tenure there, he conducted research and service work related to energy use and its affect on building design, and on design pedagogy.

He has delivered and published numerous papers on these subjects. From 1977 through 1981, he was a principal in an architectural firm that executed residential, commercial, and institutional work. He is an excellent teacher who has been recognized by the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University, with a Distinguished Teaching Award.

He received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas; the professional Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley; the Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University; and the Associate in Applied Science from the State University of New York at Farmingdale. He is a member of a number of honorary societies, a registered architect in Illinois and holds the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s certificate.

Walter V. Wendler was reared in Northport, New York. He graduated high school there in 1968. He married Mary L. Haney in 1973.

9 thoughts on “About the Author – Walter Wendler

  1. As we both have learned all to well, life brings about challenges and opportunities, and it is with conviction and integrity that we are able to move through them with a focus on success.

    I have always admired you for all of these attributes and more. Best to you!


  2. I wanted to thank you for your article in the Bryan-College Station Eagle today on the planned increase of the engineering program at Texas A&M, as well as the one on Higher Education: Ideas and Ideology. I teach U. S. History at Blinn College in Bryan and agree whole heartedly with both of these articles. I share your concern about big being the new measure of “good” at our universities and our community colleges. Thank you for making such a clear and reasoned statement on this matter.

  3. Walter:

    Your article in the Bryan/College Station Eagle was brilliant. Everything you stated was absolutely correct. Unfortunately, today the goal of higher education seems to be business rather than education. Bigger is always equated with better. In my life I’ve come to the conclusion that in almost every case smaller is almost always better. Thanks for the article. Best wishes to you.


  4. Walter, how are you. Monte talked to me about your article in the Eagle. I agree. A&M CC wants an engineering school for those that can’t afford to leave this area. Touch base. Saw John Fairey yesterday. Just want to know how you are doing.

  5. I gather that your position is that a key aspect of a quality college education is to teach spiritual and moral values. As a holder of that position myself, I have created and taught three times a course at Texas A&M titled “Neuroscience and Religion.”

    The course has a requirement of co-enrollment in an on-line “Core Ideas in Neuroscience” to ensure an adequate knowledge base. The main course requires students to find appropriate peer-reviewed papers in science or religion journals and write essays and summaries showing how the two world views inform each other. Discussion occurs on-line and in face-to-face meetings. I want to find ways to spread this model to other universities.

  6. So glad your path led to Canyon. It doesn’t surprise me that you are an architect because I hear you constructing a value based vision for WTAMU. Keep designing, keep building.

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